Just another Tuesday

Time is a tricky thing.  The more I have to get done the better I am at getting it done.  Also the less I have to do, I get nothing done.  However right now there is A LOT to get done with the entire yard being torn up for the painting and the ongoing editing we are doing of plants, but not a lot got done.

I also want to make it to the gym more days than not and I got to work out this morning.  Then after I went to the grocery store and got back home with an hour before I needed to be in the shower.  I emptied the garbage, recycling and yard waste and then put together a stew in the crock pot.

Yes stew, it’s not necessarily a Summer meal.  However I got both celery and carrots in my CSA box this week and Lori was off at the OC Fair judging again.  I picked up the steak at the store so I could throw this together which would give her dinner when she got home and me leftovers for work tomorrow.

As far as the yard and putting things back I didn’t get any of that done.  We focused on the kitty condo and AC units before work yesterday and then Lori dressed up the front porch.  Cleaning off our chairs, picking up an awesome (matchy) rug for the porch and picked up new cushions that were on sale.  I came home last night and it was such a wonderful lovely surprise.  I am a lucky girl.



What is in a word.

The word junk has been bouncing around my head for a few days.  I’m not sure how or what started it.

Junk usually refers to garbage or something with little or no value, think Junk Bonds.

The word conjures up clutter for me, or rubbish.  A “junk” store filled with broken things of little or no value.  Or a “junker”, a car that doesn’t run.  A garage filled with old worn out bits and pieces with little life left in them.

If given the opportunity for a running car or a junkie car, which would you pick?

If given the chance of a junk bond instead of a sound investment which would you pick.?

If offered a clean plate of food filled with nutrition versus junk food, why would one pick junk food?   I know why people do, why I have.  Most of it is a chemical reaction in the brain.  But the name itself reveals that is just rubbish.

A rare day off

I had today off from work.  Technically we are still in peak and time off is not allowed.  The main SEC filing deadlines are over and we are on to the proxy printing portion of peak.

However I stopped accruing time in my floating holiday bucket in January because it maxes out at 32 hours.  So my boss let me have today off.

I slept in, until almost 10:00 a.m.  Granted I was up at 6:00 with Lori to actually see her for a moment and make her breakfast.  But when she drove off, I dove back into bed.

After I got up I baked a cake.  Yep, still on whole 30, couldn’t even taste it.  My co-workers daughter turned 22 today and he asked if I would bake a cake.  I of course agreed because I love to bake and it sounded fun.

While I was baking it I also cooked breakfast and sat outside and had a lovely relaxing breakfast.  Granted this was all before I would usually get ready for work, but just not having it out there was a nice change.

Once I was done with the cake I texted my co-worker that I was going to run a couple of errands and I would be back at 12:30.  He would be by at 1:00 to pick it up.

Off I went to wash the car and pick up tea.  When I got back I started working in the yard.  This is where the day off really starts because this is when I would be driving to work.

I finished the Agave project from a few days ago.  The pathway that has not been visible for a couple of years is completely usable.  I also weeded.  And Weeded.

My co-worker did not show up until almost 4.  He did let me know and asked if it was ok to pick it up after he picked his daughter up from work at 3:30.  Funny he is late almost everyday to work so I was not surprised at all.  I was weeding anyway, I did take a couple of cool off breaks inside and did things like vacuum and dust a little.

I finished in the yard close to 5:30 and came in for a much-loved shower with the new faucet that now puts out HOT water since it is no longer installed backwards.

I started some chicken marinating and got the laundry going, ran to target for a few things (nail brush being the most important).  Once I got home I prepped some food for the weekend and made dinner.  Finished the laundry (except towels and bedding that I will do this weekend) folded and put it all away.  Clearly I also found time to blog.

It was a fantastic day off:
Yard Work
Washed my car
Blogging and now to go read a little.

Catch Up

Work has definitely picked up for the season.  I worked until 3am last night (eeeerrr, this morning).  I had to work late because of volume and I had four major print jobs.  When I turned to third shift and headed home I got a panicked call that my coverage called out sick and the person calling “needed help”  So when I got home about 12:30 am I logged back in for a few hours.

That was just Tuesday,  both Monday and Tuesday there was barely time to think at work because of the volume.  Tonight is a bit better.  Three of the four jobs last night cleared to print today.  Two others have pushed and although there is an hour left of my shift I have enough time try to blog.

Saturday I drove out to see the girls.  Take the baby some clothes we had picked up and a new book on birds.  I spent about six hours visiting and then headed home.  On the way I stopped and picked up a painting we had re-framed.  The price was Cra-Cra and Lori got it for me for my birthday but I am loving it above my dresser.   We now have two very large paintings done by our friend Char in a very small bedroom but it is great.  Lori worked all day Saturday prepping for classes and grading papers.  Poof, Saturday was gone.

Sunday we had a concert downtown the Vox Womens Chorus was singing.  Initially the show was at 4pm.  We thought we might get dinner downtown after.  However they moved it up to 2 because of the Oscars.  So not much else happened on Sunday before and after I managed to get laundry done, a little food cooked for the week and visit with my brother who stopped by.  (It is an Oscars kinda town.)

Monday-Today is already recapped and I am running on four hours sleep and all of these days have run into one another.  I did manage to make my own Whole30 hollandaise sauce this week with Ghee.  I have enjoyed it with poached eggs, smoked salmon and avocado two days in a row and I just may again tomorrow.


Sugar Sugar everywhere

My co-workers, nearly all of them, either currently have a cold or in the last month have had the flu and or cold.

It was the night before last that I felt that first throat scratchy precursor to a cold.  So yesterday I stopped and got some Umcka.  However in standard Whole30 routine I checked out the ingredients prior to taking it.  Maltodextrin is a sugar made from corn, sometimes wheat.

Why?  Also why didn’t I check it at the store instead of after I got home?  Obviously I did not take it.  I also am not getting rid of it because I may take it in the future or Lori may take it soon if the coughing, hacking students infect her.

Instead I went this morning and got two ginger shots, had one then and put the other in my fridge for tonight.  My throat is already better and no sugar included.  The cayenne pepper in it burns the throat but I felt much better after I took it.


Cutting out the sugar has been the best and hardest part of this process.  It is in everything.  Even my mustard had to leave the house and I found one without sugar.

On another note to continue to share food photos, I will post this mornings breakfast.  Simply because the poached eggs were terrific and if you eat with your eyes first I thought this one was a beauty.





Food Prep…round 2…company

I don’t even know what to title this thing.

I am on day 35, just kept right on chugging with Whole30.  Maybe I’ll reintegrate some things after the 4th of March.  Will just have to wait and see.  There are currently no cravings bad enough to reintroduce anything.  Convenience is the only thing that is tempting.  Like being able to pop toast in the toaster and call it breakfast.

Food prepping and shopping have been my biggest hurdles.  But with planning and taking a little time every few days it is doable.

Having the CSA deliver a new round of veggies helped today.  I only had to shop for protein to get through the rest of the week and that was easy enough to squeeze in after the gym.

Now my nieces Taylor and Maria are doing Whole30 as well so there are lots of texts, food ideas and support.  I now also have an Instagram where I have been putting all the food pics, mostly to not bore you and get ideas from others doing the same thing.

Here are some of the vegetables delivered today along with some food prep.  Watch for beets and romanesco this weekend.

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Six Years

Superbowl weekend is our “anniversary”  Granted it’s not the day we actually married legally with the state but we just find that one to be cursory.

Sunday we both had appointments with the highly regarded chiropractor.  One Lori has seen for decades but she is “retired”, in the same sense that Lori would ever be retired.  Meaning she only works a couple of days a week.

She has moved her office out of her 50th floor condo on the beach in Long Beach, to a shared office just off the beach in Seal Beach.

I went in for an issue with my hip/knee, my right elbow and my jaw.  After an hour appointment, my elbow is still tender but not as much, my hip has no pain and my knee is better.  My jaw is tender from the adjustment but it feels much better.

Her ask to me on the jaw was “are you keeping your words in”  which in this political climate it seems although I make at least one call a day, usually while I’m driving and continue to send out faxes there is just so much I am not screaming about.    So my homework is to stop listening to the news while I drive and that everything I need to know I can get in a five-minute update.

I walked off my appointment while Lori was in hers.  Then we headed to the beach for a (Whole30 compliant) picnic and a little down time.  The couple of hours we sat in the sand talking and watching the water along with the picnic were over in the blink of an eye.  But it was still a beautiful way to take a moment out of our extremely busy lives and acknowledge the day.